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It seems we went straight from Summer to what I not-so-affectionately call Finter (Fall/Winter)! Somehow the gradual cooling weather and move from summer shirts to cozy sweaters is now a direct move to winter jackets. With the quick shift, getting prepared for winter weather should definitely be on our minds.

Winter storms create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion. Winter storms include blizzards can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice and high winds. These storms can last from a few hours to several days. Take time now to review emergency preparedness plans and take inventory of your supplies.

Prepare for Winter Weather: Insulate your home including caulking and weather stripping. Learn how to keep pipes from freezing. Install and test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Have enough supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without powe, including medications and pet supplies. Have extra batteries on hand.

In Case of Emergency: Be prepared at home, work or in your car. Have an emergency supply kit in your car. Include jumper cables, sand, flashlight, warm clothes & blankets, bottled water and snacks. And always keep a full tank of gas.

There are many resources for you check out, here are just a few:

You can also contact your local Center for Independent Living or the Idaho State Independent Living Council for more information.